Dec 24, 2012 8:00am PST
determination and our numbers, we shall splinter the segregated south into a thousand pieces, put them together in the image of god and democracy. we must say, "wake up, america! wake up!" for we cannot stop, and we will not and cannot be patient. amy goodman: that remarkable speech that you gave on august 28th, 1963. you were the youngest speaker at the march on washington. you spoke before dr. king. rep. john lewis: i spoke number six. dr. king was the last speaker. he spoke number 10. that day, when a. philip randolph introduced me, and he said, "and i present to you, young john lewis, national chairman of the student nonviolent coordinating committee," i looked to my right, i saw many other young people sort of cheering me on; looked to my left, and i saw young people up in the trees trying to get a better view of the crowd; then i looked straight ahead, and i said to myself, "this is it. i must do my best." and that's what i tried to do. when i was working on the speech, i was reading a copy of the new york times, and i saw a group of black women in southern africa carrying signs saying, "